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Course Descriptions:
Rick Kempa Rick Kempa
Associate Professor of English
Office: 1414
Phone: 307-382-1731

Rick teaches writing and philosophy and directs the Honors Program at Western Wyoming College. He earned his BA from St. John's College in Santa Fe in 1979 and his MFA from the University of Arizona in 1987. He is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies (see his Wyoming Authors webpage for more information), and a book of his poems, Keeping the Quiet, has been published by Bellowing Ark Press. He is also an avid backpacker, with a special love for the Grand Canyon and for the red rock wilderness of southern Utah.

Cecily Brunelli Cecily Brunelli
Associate Professor of Composition
Office: A-104
Phone: 307-382-1630

Hello! I'm Cecily, a native Wyomingite, and I teach a variety of composition courses and the occasional literature or creative writing course. I feel fortunate to have a position where I get to interact with first-generation college students every day, as my grandparents (one of whom never learned to read, write, or speak English) came through Ellis Island from Italy to start a new life in America's western coal mining camps. Because of this, I was raised with phrases like, "You can be stripped of everything you own, but an education can never be taken away." I earned a B.S. in English with an emphasis in journalism from Emporia State University, an M.A. in English from Kansas State University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University. I've done additional graduate coursework in Professional & Technical Communication at East Carolina University and studied Institutional Research at Penn State. Empowering students to succeed in academia and the workplace through learning to write clearly and precisely is my passion. In my downtime, I enjoy journaling, camping, playing cards, and watching Battlestar Galactica and Longmire with my husband and three kids. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Chris Propst Chris Propst
Associate Professor of English & ESL
Office: 1413
Phone: 307-382-1732

Chris teaches Basic English, Composition, English as a Second Language, an occasional literature class, and specializes in Creative Writing. He has a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.A. in English from Kansas State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State where he studied with Debra Monroe, Dagoberto Gilb, and Tom Grimes. He writes a little bit of everything, and sometimes even participates in Poetry Slams. His brother has gotten him interested in mountaineering recently, and he climbed Mt. Rainier in 2010 with him - they're looking for another big mountain that's not overly scary. Being in the wilderness reinvigorates him, whether climbing, camping with family, or being a desert rat.

Heather Pristash Heather Pristash
Assistant Professor of Composition
Office: 1461
Phone: 307-382-1856

I'm a native Ohioan who has been in Rock Springs since 2010. While I've fallen in love with the wide open spaces and blue skies of the West, I still sometimes miss the color green. My B.A. in English, with a Creative Writing certificate, is from Kent State University, and my M.A. in English (Writing Track) is from the University of Dayton. My Ph.D. is from Bowling Green State University's doctoral program in Rhetoric and Writing, and I also have Women's Studies graduate certification from the same institution. I teach a number of classes at WWCC, including English Composition I and II, Women's Literature, Fairy Tales and Their Retellings, and Film Appreciation. My research interests include multimodal composition and rhetoric, rhetorical needlework and other rhetorical craft, the use of intuition in writing, visual rhetoric, the rhetoric of popular culture, and women's rhetorical practices. When not teaching or researching, I enjoy video games, knitting, comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, various fandoms, good films, and bad movies.

Josh Grant Josh Grant
Assistant Professor of Composition
Office: A-105
Phone: 307-382-1716

Josh hails from Boston, Mass. He arrived at Western Wyoming Community College in the Fall of 2012. He earned his B.A. from, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he spent many afternoons sitting in front of Emily Dickenson's grave, contemplating her labyrinthine verses. He then retreated to graduate school after a few aimless years in the workplace and earned his M.A. from Simmons College in Boston's Fenway neighborhood. Josh teaches composition and literature classes. Josh has taught English at many levels; from second grade to the college level and all sorts of places in between. He likes staring off at White Mountain and swimming in the Gorge down south.

Christine Garbett Christine Garbett
Instructor of Composition
Office: A-106
Phone: 307-382-1725

I'm Christine, and I generally teach writing and composition along with the occasional literature course. I grew up and spent most of my life in Minnesota, but I enjoy the lack of humidity and snow here in Wyoming. I earned a B.A. in English with an emphasis in writing and a minor in creative writing along with an M.A. in English with an emphasis in teaching college English from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. I am currently finishing up my doctorate from Bowling Green State University. I've had a number of different jobs and a very different career path in the past, but teaching is definitely the best, and I love what I do. In my free time, I enjoy various textile and paper crafts along with jigsaw puzzles and baking and, of course, watching Netflix. A quote I use often is "Whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you're right." Everyone just needs to have a little confidence, especially when writing.

Lora Meredith Lora Meredith
Instructor of Composition
Office: 1451
Phone: 307-382-1822

I'm originally from Colorado where I earned a B.A. in English secondary education from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.A. in English. While I'm a Western girl at heart, I also have had many adventures studying abroad in Greece, England, Morocco, Mexico, and Canada. In my downtime I enjoy playing the piano, violin, harp, and cello. At WWCC, I teach composition courses, and occasionally courses for the Western American Studies program including Western American Literature and Native American Literature. Hope to see you in class soon!

For more information, contact Rick Kempa at (307) 382-1731 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181